If it wasn’t for bad luck, Williams-Martini driver Felipe Massa would have no luck at all. At least, it surely must have seemed that way to him as his Mercedes-powered Williams Formula 1 car rolled to a halt at the first corner of the first lap of this morning’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Massa’s crash (video, at top) happened as a consequence of the Brazilian charging to the inside of the corner, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren had already taken up residency there. Massa tried to sweep through the corner ahead of the McLaren driver, touching wheels at high speed and pitching his Williams into a terrifying, spark-filled roll.
This marks Massa’s 3rd first-lap DNF of the season, and recalls his bone-headed move on Sergio Perez in Canada.
Starting from the back of the field for all intents and purposes, Lewis Hamilton put in a stellar drive, charging all the way up to 3rd and looking for all the world like he’d be able to take the fight to his teammate, eventual race-winner Nico Rosberg, if not for some front wing damage that negatively impacted left front tire wear on his Mercedes/AMG Hybrid.
It wasn’t Rosberg’s win or Hamilton’s drive through the pack that people will be talking about tomorrow, though. Instead, the 2014 Hockenheim race will be remembered for the epic, incredible, awe-inspiring wheel-to-wheel battle between Fernando Alonso in his dog-cart of a Ferrari and the hard-charging, never-give up smile of Daniel Ricciardo in the visibly superior Red Bull Renault chassis. The two sliced and diced at every corner, passed and re-passed one another seemingly a dozen times, and had this jaded F1 fan screaming at the screen.
Really, utterly fantastic stuff from ALO and RIC, and proof positive that, as much as Alonso deserves his World Drivers Champion trophies, so too does Daniel deserve the one that’s surely coming to him, soon.
You can check out how the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim played out for the rest of the F1 field, below, and let us know what you thought of the race in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||4|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||6|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||7|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||10|
Massa Crash, German GP at Hockenheim
Source | Images: Formula 1, NBC Sports.